Scenic Drives and RV Trips
Experience the heart and soul of the "Last Frontier" by exploring Alaska highways, National Scenic Byways and less-traveled country roads. Whether planning a one-day scenic drive, weekend escape, Denali RV vacation or extended road trip, follow the directions below for an unforgettable Alaska adventure! Maps are available at many of the visitor information centers.
These five featured Alaska self-driving tours highlight the Mat-Su Valley's most interesting and scenic roadways, natural and cultural attractions. Wherever the road takes you, keep an eye out for Alaska wildlife.
GLENN HIGHWAY, DENALI HIGHWAY AND PARKS HIGHWAY LOOP
From Musk Ox to McKinley, this drive is a photographer's dream. The Glenn Highway, which winds through the Mat-Su Valley, is one of America's designated scenic byways. The designated byway portion of the Glenn is 135 miles in length and cuts through some of the most impressive terrain on earth. Follow the loop through the Mat-Su Valley along the Glenn, Richardson and Parks Highways for two (or more) days of glacier trekking, fossil hunting, wildlife watching, birding and more. View detail
INDEPENDENCE MINE/HATCHER PASS ROAD SCENIC LOOP
Gold for Gold! Travel through the Gold Rush Country to hear fascinating tales of Alaska Gold Rush era and tour one of Alaska's top-producing gold mines. This half- or full-day trip features hiking and berry picking. View detail
KNIK-GOOSE BAY ROAD SCENIC DRIVE
Alaska Sled dogs, mushers, golf and wild Alaska salmon! Follow this half-day drive to experience Iditarod Headquarters, midnight sun tee times and fishing in Alaska's abundant and natural waterways. View detail
OLD GLENN HIGHWAY SCENIC LOOP
This 5-mile loop meanders along the braided Matanuska River and through farmlands where original colony log barns are still standing. View detail
PETERSVILLE ROAD SCENIC DRIVE
The "other" road to Denali National Park ambles through rugged mining backcountry carved by ancient glaciers. View abandoned mining communities, watch for wildlife and get phenomenal views of the Alaska Range and Mount McKinley. View detail
ALASKA CAMPGROUNDS AND RV PARKS
With more than two dozen RV parks, campgrounds and recreation sites in the Valley, the Mat-Su Valley is a top destination for Alaska motorhome travelers. Search member listings under "Vacation Fundamentals" for private campgrounds or view a list of public campgrounds.